What is gastroenteritis?

Dr. Aaron Block discusses gastroenteritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the lining of your intestines, and it’s caused by bacteria, parasites, or a virus, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Viral gastroenteritis is the second most common sickness in the United States, and it’s often caused by norovirus.

It spreads through food or water that is contaminated and also by being in contact with a person who has it.

Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vomiting

Talk to your doctor for more information about gastroenteritis.

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